New York Jets 2014 Draft Preview: USC Edition


Do the Jets look to build around Smith this offseason? I say they should

So the Jets finished the season a respectable 8-8, which is much better than people predicted before the season, but the fact of the matter is that although they had a fairly successful year, there is a lot of work for the team to do this offseason in order to take the next step. The Jets will have the 18th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and with some holes to fill, I would not be shocked if General Manager John Idzik decides to pick the best player available. With that being said, there are some players from the USC Trojans who I believe would be good fits for the Jets. While all of them are not realistic options at 18, these guys can be smart picks in the later rounds.

WR Marqise Lee– It is no secret to anyone that the Jets lack playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Stephen Hill had another disappointing season, and there is a strong chance Santonio Holmes will not be back. While Jeremy Kerley is a solid receiver, the Jets need more to help the QB. Insert Marqise Lee. While Lee struggled with injuries early in the year, there is no way to hide his talent and potential while he is on the field. Lee has a good speed, to go along with his strong route running, and ability to make a big play at any point he touches the ball. Lee would be a perfect weapon for Geno Smith, and should be strongly considered at number 18.

S Dion Bailey– This past season, the Jets brought in Ed Reed, and Dawan Landry to play safety, along with Antonio Allen and others already on the roster. Landry did a nice job and had a nice under the radar type season, but it is unrealistic to believe in him long-term. Adding a guy like Bailey could fill the need of a safety for years to come. Bailey is a versatile player who saw time at both OLB and Safety. He has good ball skills, and rare speed for a guy his size. The options Rex Ryan would have with Bailey are endless, and Bailey would turn into a great playmaker in the Jets defense. Look for Bailey in round 2.

TE Xavier Grimble– Another hole the Jets need to fill is the tight end position. Jeff Cumberland is a free agent, likewise for Kellen Winslow. I fully expect the Jets to add two TE’s this offseason, whether that is through the draft or free agency is up to John Idzik. Adding a guy like Grimble would be a nice start in my opinion. Grimble is a huge target, and seems like a natural pass catcher. While he needs to improve his blocking, he would be a nice addition to the Jets offense. Grimble is still undecided about entering the draft, but if he does, he could be a round 2-3 type prospect.

These are three players from the USC Trojans who I believe would be nice fits for the New York Jets. What do you think?